It’s becoming more and more mainstream for LGBTQ stories to find their way onto the big screen — Milk, critical flub Stonewall, The Imitation Game and the upcoming The Danish Girl just to name a few. These films aim to uplift and inspire, shining a light on the great contributions our community has offered the world.
The recently announced Christian Slater/Molly Ringwald film King Cobra, though it also plans to dramatize a piece of gay history, will likely offer no such inspiration.
That’s because it will tell the story of gay porn studio Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis’ murder by two of his stars, Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes (pictured above right), in 2007. Naturally, James Franco is involved, taking a producing and acting credit.
Both killers were sentenced to life in prison, and the gruesome details of the story inspired the book Cobra Killer: Gay Porn Murder.
According to the investigating coroner, Kocis was stabbed 28 times and his throat was cut, nearly decapitating him. His body was left in his house before it was set on fire. Officials had to use dental records to identify Kocis because his body was burned beyond recognition.
Kocis’ involvement and subsequent legal battle with a then-underage Brent Corrigan, aka Sean Lockhart, added an unhealthy dose of scandal to the already-insane story.
And now the whole sordid mess is coming to a theater near you! It’s kind of like Brokeback Mountain with few more twists and turns. Except not at all. It’s all fairly horrifying.
Slater has signed on to play Kocis, and Ringwald has been cast as Kocis’ sister.
She recently Tweeted this photo of the onscreen siblinghood:
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) October 13, 2015
Playing the part of Corrigan will be Disney Channel star Garrett Clayton, who will bring some twinky fire to the unseemly universe:
h/t: QueerClick (NSFW)